Members of the 9th Parliament under Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children have partnered with Save the Children, an International organisation to sensitise the public health issues for mothers and children.

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Kenya's child mortality rate has gone up by 21 per cent over the past one year while maternal deaths have risen by a similar margin, a signal that the billions of dollars being pumped into the health sector are yet to bear fruit.

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While lauding the progress made over the past year in the global effort to save women’s and children’s lives, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted that millions of them are still dying needless deaths and called for advancing the goal of saving 16 million lives by 2015.

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Researchers say just nine of 137 developing countries will achieve ambitious targets to improve the health of women and children.

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Deaths of mothers and babies fall by almost two-thirds after programme offering women money for hospital deliveries

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Stricken by chronic conflict and recurring drought for decades, Somalia now has the world's highest mortality rate for children under the age of five, according to the latest data released by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

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Health and nutrition rates have deteriorated for famine-wracked Somalis displaced within their own country but improved for those who have fled to Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

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Stricken by chronic conflict and recurring drought for decades, Somalia now has the world’s highest mortality rate for children under the age of five, according to the latest data released by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

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The number of children under five who die each year has plummeted from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the UN says.

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Children under the age of five are increasingly likely to survive in poor countries, as efforts to reach millennium development goal 4 (reducing child deaths by two-thirds) pay off. But newborns are still at high risk – and a new study shows that the slower progress in cutting death rates among babies in the first weeks of life is putting the goal in jeopardy.

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